As models take runways in Paris for the haute couture fall/winter 2021/2022 shows, our eyes are honestly more focused on the hair, makeup, and manicures than the elaborate gowns. We’re on the hunt for new looks to experiment with now that mask wear is less frequent and parties are more abundant — not new ways to break our own hearts (and bank accounts) with dresses we’ll never be able to wear. Plus, let’s be real, we can more easily bring an haute couture look to our faces, hair, and nails than, well, everywhere else on our bodies.
Lucky for us all, the haute couture shows are already gracing us with major beauty inspiration to keep in mind this summer and beyond. Easy, affordable makeup trends we can’t wait to try out are also popping up on the catwalks. Consider these braids, manicures, and liner looks a little bit of Dior and Chanel for your life without the splurge.
Allow us to give you a passport to the best beauty looks happening in Paris right now at haute couture fall/winter 2021/2022 shows.
Viktor & Rolf: Pastel Washes
For Viktor & Rolf’s royal extravaganza, models received dreamy, pearlescent flushes of soft pinks, purples, blues, and oranges, courtesy of makeup artist David Koppelaar. Hairstylist Hester Wernert Rijn, on the other hand, amped up their hair for voluminous updos that acted as terrific foundations for the designers’ captivating crowns of pearls and jewels.
Armani Privé: Powder Blue Lids
Giorgio Armani’s international makeup artist, Linda Cantello, took the reigns on Armani Privé’s powder blue eye look. She mixed up the pastel hue on the spot to create a liquid-like finish on the models’ lids. (A soft green was also whipped up backstage for other models.) Then, she painted on lines of the blue from the crease down. The ethereal shade was later paired with a combo of the Giorgio Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Lip Pencil and Neo Nude Ecstasy Balm in 1 for a subtle kiss of pink.
Jean-Paul Gaultier: Face Art and Wet Hair
Although most of the looks at Jean-Paul Gaultier touted minimalist makeup, Diane Kendal, the show’s lead makeup artist, painted one of the model’s faces with temporary tattoos that echoed the designs on the dress sketched by beloved tattoo artist Dr. Woo. The face art was framed by slicked-down hair by stylist Guido Palau.
Zuhair Murad: Onyx Smoky Eyes
At Zuhair Murad, we weren’t sure what to marvel at first: the magnificent masquerade masks or the spellbinding smoky eyes. Makeup artist Sam Tsan smoked out black liner and shadow around the models’ lids for a soft-yet-edgy effect that suited the face sculptures so well.
Chanel: Braided Mohawks and Double Wings
Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022 look gave us lots to unpack. Let’s start with the hair, shall we? Chunky Dutch braids were woven atop the models’ heads like mohawks, while ultra-long velvet ribbons were tied to the nape of their necks.
Now, let’s zoom in on the eyes. A duo of wings stacked the upper and lower lids with the blackest of matte pitch blacks flicking outward from the top lashes in a thick line. (Yup, black liner is still going strong on the runway.) A soft midnight blue was sharply etched along the bottom lash line in a similar shape with points added onto the inner corners of the eyes. The rest of the makeup was surprisingly left fresh and simple with minimal base makeup and are lips.
Dior: Deep Blue Wings
Okay, we’re sensing a trend here. Navy-blue liner also made an appearance at Dior with makeup artist Peter Philips’ structured-yet-smoky underliner. He kicked off the look by drawing the Diorshow Stylo Waterproof Liner in 091 Matte Black along the lower lash lines and fanning it out into the inner and outer corners of the eye. Then, midnight blue shadow from the 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in 279 Denim was smudged on top of it with a flat brush. From there, mascara was swiped on, and the rest of the makeup, again, was kept dewy and barely there. Wow, we haven’t seen blue eyeliner make this much of a splash since 2016.
Iris van Herpen: Manicure Sculptures
Iris van Herpen teamed up with nail artist Eichi Matsunaga, who is known for intensely detailed, three-dimensional nail art, for this mesmerizing prismatic blue water droplet-like set. Visual artist James Merry also collaborated with the team to create the intricate nose pieces the models wore. They were so gorgeous, they didn’t need any makeup.
Giambattista Valli: Retro Hair Bows and Liner
The black winged liner at Giambattista Valli was so thick, it blanketed the whole lid from the crease down — all thanks to the mastery of makeup artist Helene Vasnier. The throwback look perfectly complemented the larger-than-life hair bows hairstylist Odile Gilbert crowned the models’ heads with.